patrick j wrote in post #18616561
Thanks for the comment. As far as crowded, White Sands wasn't bad, a few photographers (I could see tripods so I know) sprinkled about on the dunes, but pretty widely dispersed. Now Utah on the other hand... I was checking room rates in Moab for May, several hundred dollars per night. And a few of those well known locations, like Delicate Arch, are just jammed with photographers.
Wow. I was there in '09 during the recession. Comfort Inn was around $90 a night... those were the days. Just wait for the next recession. It's going to make the last look like a joke, and then you'll practically have all of the nat parks to yourself!
Mesa Verde was a ghost town! Cigarette Canyon, didn't see a single person all day @ fallen roof ruins, heck didnt' even see another car all day!
Those were the days, it seemed WILD! Things change they always do, but I think they'll be some good opportunities just off the beaten path, and especially recession + high gas prices + another MUCH needed housing crash (since everyone is making $150k per year to afford a $650k house all of a sudden??? asset prices and wages need to go back to a natural equilibrium!